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February 6, 2009 Volume 125, Issue 15

The Scarlet and Black First College Newspaper West of the Mississippi

Grinnell College Grinnell, IA

Faculty-administration schisms grow
Cease-and-desist letter issued to Savarese, faculty mobilizes amidst claims of improper faculty contact with students
BY A RI A NISFELD, PAT CALDWELL & DAVID L OGAN rese said, but I think it’s hard to understand the president’s gins, while the third vote split the faculty closely down the
As the Trustees gathered on campus yesterday for their response as anything other than an attempt to intimidate a middle.
quarterly meeting, they arrived at a College with a deep divide faculty member into keeping quiet and I’m not sure when that “The overwhelming majority felt that there was reason for
between its faculty and administrators. would be appropriate,” said a tenured professor who was not concern and that it was reasonable to ask for the president to
A series of recent events beginning with barbed letters and initially involved in the discussions over Andrews’ departure, set up a review when so many people had so much confirmed,”
legal threats have galvanized the College’s faculty and left both and who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitive Meehan said.
professors and administrators questioning the faculty’s role in nature of the topic. “My intuition is that it would never be ap- Faculty members have arranged a meeting with the Col-
relation to the Office of Student Affairs. At the same time, propriate, given free speech.” lege’s Board of Trustees today in order to present their com-
questions have been raised over whether faculty have inap- In response to the cease-and-desist letter and ongoing plaints outside of the College’s formal channels.
propriately contacted and pressured students for information grievances against the administration, certain faculty mem- Since the December open forum, certain faculty members
pertaining to personnel issues. This all comes on the heels of bers, including many who signed the initial letter to the S&B, continued to investigate the circumstances of Andrews’s de-
last semester’s controversial faculty letter to the S&B address- organized and decided to present their concerns to the broader parture. On Jan 27, before Savarese received the cease-and-
ing the departure of former Associate Dean and Director of faculty community at a regularly scheduled all-faculty meeting desist via mail, a group of professors presented Osgood with
Residence Life Sheree Andrews and a fiery open forum which this past Monday. a letter seeking the creation of an external review of Student
featured public sparring between administrators and faculty. At the meeting, Victoria Brown, History, who signed on Affairs and its hiring and firing practices.
On Monday, Jan 26, Ralph Savarese, English, was sent a to the S&B letter, read a statement on behalf of the involved Osgood responded two days later with a letter of his own (a
cease-and-desist letter from College President Russell K. Os- faculty which outlined their concerns on the Student Affairs copy of which was obtained by the S&B), stating that faculty
good, according to numerous faculty sources. When reached hiring and firing process and called for a faculty-only ad hoc were fully separate from the office of Student Affairs. His let-
by the S&B, Savarese would not offer any comment. meeting later in the week dedicated to the issue. ter also addressed claims faculty members had made through
Osgood would neither confirm nor deny the existence of At the subsequent meeting, which was held Wednesday what he characterized as “‘unauthorized investigations.’”
a cease-and-desist letter, citing the confidentiality of private and attended by roughly 60 faculty members, a select group “I note that no evidence was actually adduced with the
conversations with professors, but did state that, “Professor of professors presented to the rest of the faculty in attendance statement,” Osgood wrote, “and recall the torrent of e-mails
Savarese is a faculty member in good standing, [and is] not a packet of information detailing Andrews’ dismissal and the from a faculty author with various claims, many anonymous
the subject of any disciplinary action.” professors’ correspondence with Osgood. The materials also and also frequently omitting key facts and events even if
Many faculty members, however, said they viewed the included specific concerns about the College’s Vice President known to the faculty author, and a number with demeaning
cease-and-desist letter as an unwarranted and intimidating of Student Affairs Houston Dougharty, who became a central and insulting claims.”
gesture. “That’s something really upsetting, to move to a pow-
er move so quickly,” said Johanna Meehan, Philosophy, when
target for faculty ire in the wake of Andrews’ departure.
After some discussion, the faculty present at Wednesday’s Students approached by faculty
asked about the letter. “It really shuts off and silences people meeting took a vote on three separate issues: whether there While the student body has remained largely unaware of
in a way that does not seem a good thing.” should be an external review of Andrews’ departure, whether these recent events, the effects of the dispute have begun to
While the exact motivation for sending the letter remained the search for Andrews’ replacement should be placed on hold trickle down to students. SGA Vice President for Academic
vague to many faculty members interviewed, the faculty re- until an investigation can be completed, and whether Andrews Affairs Julie Hoye ’09 noted the difficult position that stu-
sponse was quite strong. “I don’t know what Professor Sava- should be rehired. The first two measures passed by wide mar- Faculty, see p. 3
Alcohol Task Force
formedBforSreview
BY RIAN HERWIN
In a Jan 29 e-mail, President Russell K.
Osgood announced the formation of a Task
Force on Alcohol Policies and Issues that
will produce a report evaluating College
policies related to alcohol and suggesting
ways to improve them. The body’s members,
roughly half of whom are students, is merely
an exploratory organ and will not issue any
policy changes.
While the Task Force will conduct a
comprehensive and community-based ex-
amination of the drug and alcohol policies, it
will not be charged with implementing any
changes to them, according to Vice President
for Student Affairs and ex-officio Task Force
Member Houston Dougharty.
Dougharty said the Task Force would
likely not recommend a complete overhaul of
the current policies. “I see no reason to throw
the baby out with the bath water if we’ve got
an environment that works and that people
can be responsible with,” Dougharty said.
Instead most of the Task Force’s recommen-
dations will likely be adjustments to existing
policy.
Members said that they do not have hard
plans, but expect their work will emphasize
community education about the responsible
use of alcohol. “Every Monday morning,
I know of people who get themselves in a
pickle … legally or they get themselves in a
pickle in terms of their health,” Dougharty

Commemorating “Nude-In,” FAC hosts photo shoot
said. “I think that we have a responsibility to
provide those folks with education, so that
they don’t make those choices.”
Kate Baumgartner ’11 captures a student posing for a photo that will eventually be included in a Media Awareness Week collage. For story see page 5. Task Force Co-Chair and Wellness
MARFA PROKHOROVA
Alcohol, see p. 2

SGA budget means Animated paintings Erin McBurney ’09 on Grinnell Swimming

Inside 1 more for your films and
less for your concerts.
Details inside..........p. 4
2 without the Saturday
morning Cheerios,
with legitimacy.......p. 6
3 100 days. Booze, good
friends, and lots of
making out............p. 9
4 makes like Michael
Phelps and earns
mixed results.......p. 11
2 edited by Ari Anisfeld and J. Francis Buse
anisfeld@grinnell.edu; busejohn@grinnell.edu

Alcohol
from p. 1
SN&B EWS
Coordinator Jen Jacobsen ’95 said that one
recommendation might be to introduce more
February 6, 2009

The review will consist of four administrators, a member
of SGA, a member of student staff and two Students-at-
educational programming into some of the College’s orienta- large. Sam Forman ’11 and Chloe Moryl ’10 (who is features
World Headlines tion activities. “Right now, I don’t know that we have a large editor for the S&B), as well as student staff member Dodge
component in our New Student Orientation about alcohol,” Greenley ’11 and SGA President Neo Morake ’09 will sit
• Somali pirates received a $3.2 million booty to release Jacobsen said. “And it seems unsafe for students to learn on the committee. The meetings will also be open to other
a Ukrainian freighter they captured over four months through trial and error.” students.
ago. The pirates, in a deal watched over by the U.S. Navy, Member of the Task Force, Assistant Director of Resi- “It will be a good opportunity for students to take part
sped off in speedboats after receiving the payment in dence Life and Loosehead RLC Kim Hinds-Brush reiterated in things that are happening on campus, especially with
cash. The navy did not pursue the pirates due to the se- general support for the current policy by saying that a shift something as huge as the alcohol task force,” Morake said.
curity worries of over 140 sailors being held hostage on toward a dry campus could potentially lead to more problems “This is a good way for [students] to actively take part in
other vessels. This most recent incident adds to the total with alcohol abuse. “People will still drink, they’ll just do it decision-making.”
ransom revenue of $80 million by taking control of 42 behind closed doors, and not ask for help when they need it,” According to U.S. Department of Education’s website,
vessels in 111 attempts in the past year. Hinds-Brush said. “This way it’s out in the open and I don’t under the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, any
worry so much about someone drinking alone in their room institution of higher education that receives “financial as-
National Headlines and passing out and nobody noticing or calling for help.” sistance under any federal program must certify that it has
The policy review comes at a time of increased concern adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful
• 238,000 state employees have been temporarily laid off over the use of alcohol on campus, with 11 alcohol-related possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by
in California in a budget cutting measure by Governor hospitalizations reported to Student Affairs last semester. students and employees.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger. The cuts, which are designed Osgood said that he had been contacted by both students According to Dougharty, previous reviews were conduct-
to help reduce the state’s $40 million budget deficit, will and faculty concerned with problems related to alcohol. “I ed entirely within Student Affairs, with comparatively little
ask state employees to stay home every other Friday. might say that it’s the first time ever in my time here I’ve input from students, faculty or other administrators. “[The
Labor unions have decried the move by Schwarzeneg- had students contact me to complain about alcohol-related Department of Education] suggest using a community-wide
ger, claiming that their workers are not ready for a work behavior. In 11 years, I’ve never heard anything until this approach, of getting all the stakeholders involved in looking
stoppage. fall,” he said. at what the issues are,” he said. “Because drug-free schools
However, discussing Grinnell’s alcohol culture will not has not only to do with places to study but also as a place of
Iowa Headlines be limited to numbers of hospitalizations but will also likely employment.”
include information from conversations with students.
• The US Department of Agriculture has placed 19 em-
ployees at an Ames Veterinary Lab on leave after author-
ities discovered a scheme in which veterinary credentials
TC Tech Tips!
were used to smuggle out low-cost drugs designed for
pets from the facility. The drugs, which were allegedly This week we will go over ITS Hotlines Also, have you ever finished a paper 10 minutes be-
used by the veterinarians and their relatives, were pri- Help Desk and Netprinters! Can you think fore the deadline and don’t feel like waiting at a computer to
marily pain relievers and antibiotics. Police suspect that of a time when you went into a computer print it off? Want to just print it from your room and pick it
the employees had been carrying out the scheme for a lab and the printer was jammed? up at Gencomp? Or the Creative Computing Lab?
number of years. Or the keyboard was broken, and you didn’t Or the JRC? Find out how at ucdb.grinnell.edu/wiki/Help/
know who to tell? This is why we have ITS Hotlines: so you NetworkPrinting
can let us know when something isn’t working. Just go to And remember, if you have any questions, feel free to
—Compiled by J. Francis Buse and Mark Japinga www.grinnell.edu/its/hotline—it’s quick and easy, and will get contact the Helpdesk at x4400.
things fixed ASAP! —The Technology Consultants

CDO CAREER CORNER FROM THE CAREER P EER A DVISORS
• VPAA Julie Hoye encourages any students with worries
about faculty issues to speak with her. This week we offer Resume Tips. In your “Job Experience” section, create detailed bullets that de-
• Senators reviewed a resolution to establish an open forum Customize your resume to the organization and position you’re ap- scribe your experience both quantitatively and qualitatively through
between students, faculty, and administrators every semes- plying for. There is no one correct resume format; the most successful active verbs and numbers. For example, instead of “I spent a large por-
ter. resumes are representative of the person they describe and the position tion of my time analyzing reports,” write “Analyzed 256 environmental
• The semester budget will be up for voting next week. Stu- they’re intended for. Consider using a career objective that describes reports ranging from modern topics such as geothermal technology to
dents seeking reimbursement from the College must be reg- your career goals in clear and succinct terms directly beneath your con- historical topics like Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.”
istered for direct deposit. tact information. Don’t be afraid to experiment with formatting or how And lastly, make sure your contact information is up-to-date and
you present your experiences. Divide them into pertinent sections that accurate! Underneath your name, list your street address, phone num-
—Compiled by Hugh Redford cover specific topics. ber, and e-mail address for both your current and permanent residence.

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Thursday
WRITING LAB FAULCONER GALLERY BLACK CHURCH AT USING PIONEERLINK WRITING LAB WORK- GRANT/INTERN- RECONNECTING WITH
WORKSHOP: INTRO FILM: Bucksbaum GRINNELL: Herrick WORKSHOP: CDO SHOP: Sentences: SHIP WORKSHOP: NATURE SYMPOSIUM:
AND CONCLUSION: Faulconer Gallery, 1 Chapel, 10:30 a.m. 104, 1127 Park JRC 203, 9 a.m. CDO 104, 1127 Park JRC 101, 11 a.m. &
JRC 203, 2:15 p.m. p.m. SGA CONCERT: Street, 4:15 p.m. INTERVIEW TECH- Street, 12:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m.
ART EXHIBITION WOMEN’S BASKET- NUEVOS HORIZON- FACULTY RECITAL: INVESTMENT BANK-
NIQUES WORKSHOP: YOU ARE NOT YOUR
OPENING: ANIMATED BALL VS. BELOIT: TES: Bucksbaum MCFARLAND GAUB CDO 104, 1127 Park ING AND CONSULT- MAJOR WORKSHOP:
PAINTING: Bucks- Darby Gymnasium, Sebring-Lewis Hall, DUO: Herrick Chapel, Street, 12:15 p.m. ING WORKSHOP: CDO 104, 1127 Park
baum Faulconer Gal- 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. WRITING LAB WORK- CDO 104, 1127 Park Street, 12:15 p.m.
lery, 4:30 p.m. CHRIS HADE ME- SHOP: THESIS: JRC Street, 4:15 p.m. WRITING LAB
WOMEN’S BASKET- MORIAL SERVICE: 203, 3:15 p.m. RECONNECTING WITH WORKSHOP: CITA-
BALL VS. RIPON: Herrick Chapel, 3 GRADUATE SCHOOL NATURE SYMPO- TION: JRC 203, 3:15
Darby Gymnasium, p.m. PLANNING WORK- SIUM: Forum South p.m.
5 p.m. MEN’S BASKETBALL SHOP: CDO 104, Lounge, 4:15 p.m. GRE BASICS WORK-
TENDER MEAT CON- VS. BELOIT: Darby 1127 Park Street, RECONNECTING WITH SHOP: CDO 104,
CERT: Bucksbaum Faul- Gymnasium, 4 p.m. 4:15 p.m. NATURE SYMPOSIUM: 1127 Park Street,
coner Gallery, 6 p.m. COMMUNITY MEAL: Old Glove Factory 4:15 p.m.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Davis Elementary 1211, 7 p.m. ROOMMATE MIXER:
VS. RIPON: Darby School, 818 Hamilton BILL RUDOLPH JRC 225, 8 p.m.
Gymnasium, 7 p.m. Avenue READING @ BURL-
CHAINS: Harris Cen- ING: Burling Library:
ter Concert Hall, 10 7:45 p.m.
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Chris Hade memorial service Saturday
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anisfeld@grinnell.edu; busejohn@grinnell.edu

BY R ACHEL F IELDS
Everyone seems to have a story about Chris Hade ’09, and
this weekend people will have a chance to gather and share
their tales.
To honor Hade, who passed away Nov 14 after a three-
year long battle with cancer, the Chaplain’s Office will hold a
memorial service in Herrick Chapel at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The
service will include performances of live music Hade enjoyed—
notably a cappella, Broadway showtunes and big band jazz—as
well as photo and media displays of his time at Grinnell.
Samantha Worzalla ’07 met Hade in the early days of
his first year, on the Grinnell Outdoor Orientation Program
(GOOP). They were canoeing and it was raining steadily.
When they eventually found the dock, it was falling apart, and
the boards were submerged and unstable. Worzalla said that
Hade helped everyone else to the trail until the two of them
were left with a canoe and some equipment bags. She helped
him get the canoe onto his shoulders, then watched in amaze-
ment as he teetered and hopped along 100 feet of submerged
boards to the trail.
“I kept asking him if he was alright and needed help,”
Worzalla said. “He said, in his genuinely cheerful, positive way,
‘Don’t worry about me! I’m a ninja!’”
When Harry Krejsa ’10, who met Hade while they were
both attending Indianola High School, heard Worzalla’s story,
he laughed. “He did the same thing when we were backpacking
in Utah,” he said. “He would make ninja noises as he kicked
scorpions out of the tent. He never took himself too seriously
to not act like a ninja.”
Stories like this are everywhere. Two years ago, Amanda
Gotera ’09 was frustrated with the administration’s treatment
of disability awareness and accessibility on campus. Hade was
her SGA senator, so she sent him an e-mail to complain. With-
in 15 minutes, he had responded with a two-page plan to make
the campus more disability accessible.
“I was sold,” she said. Chris Hade ’09 carrys a canoe over his head during the 2006 Grinnell Outdoor Orientation Program in Manitowish, WI. There will be
Even among those who barely knew him, there seems to be a memorial for Hade this Saturday February 7 at 3 p.m. CONTRIBUTED
a consensus that Hade brought a certain light to the Grinnell pain medication he had been taking to deal with the long heal- campus was overflowing with conversations about him. In the
campus. His smile, his voice, the graceful way he dismounted ing process, she set up an appointment with a radiologist. The wake of some deaths, communities are stunned into silence; af-
his bike—it was all filled with an easy, genuine charm for those scans revealed the cancer that had gone undetected for nearly ter Hade’s, it seemed, Grinnell was moved to praise.
who knew him. As strange as it seems, his friends said that as a year. After the memorial service, a reception will be held in JRC
his cancer worsened, he got better. Hade established a treatment regimen at the MD Cancer 101.
“His positivity was always astounding,” friend Mairead Center in Houston, then underwent chemotherapy and radia-
O’Grady ’10 said. “I’ll never forget when he told me, ‘Cancer is tion at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. But by his third year,
great! They give you your own room on the same floor as your the cancer had spread from Hade’s tailbone to other parts of The memorial gathering to celebrate the
girlfriend when you’re a second-year, no problem at all!’” his body. Forced to drop out of Grinnell due to his physical life of Chris Hade will be held on Saturday,
Hade was diagnosed with sacral chordoma, a rare and inop- condition, Hade spent the last year in Indianola, Iowa, with his
erable cancer, in the spring of his first year at Grinnell. Shortly family and long-time girlfriend, Natti Tipayamongkol ’08. February 7 at 3 p.m. in Herrick Chapel
after his high school graduation, Hade fell at a graduation party Hade died of complications on Friday, Nov 14, on his way to
and injured his tailbone. When his mother noticed how much the hospital. Within hours of receiving the news, the Grinnell
Faculty
from p. 1 dents confront in their relations “I think that there were some people who should make a fuss about it,” Schneider said. Admission sees
between both faculty and Stu-
dent Affairs. “It’s very obvious
were asked questions who did not want to be
asked questions and did not want more ques-
Schneider said that some amount of ten-
sion is inevitable between faculty and admin- increase in the
that there’s a conflict between Student Af-
fairs and faculty and it’s hard for us [students]
tions being asked, but that’s different than
saying they were harassed,” Meehan said.
istrators as interests would never fully align
and said that his 20-plus years at Grinnell application rate
to navigate our role in working with both of have been marked with periodic discord be- BY JESSICA B YERLY AND TESSA C HEEK
them,” Hoye said. Faculty-Admin Relations tween members of the two bodies. Grinnell Admissions strives to maintain
This tenuous position has become even In addition to specific grievances over per- Osgood also said that his tenure at the business as usual and continue to attract pro-
more delicate as, according to Osgood, some sonnel issues, the overall conflict stems in part College has witnessed periods of faculty- spective students.
faculty members have inappropriately con- from competing conceptions of the faculty’s administrative tension and that the current Acceptances for early decision I and II ap-
tacted students. “I have recently received com- appropriate role in student life and its rela- episode was no more contentious than previ- plicants have been made and the regular de-
plaints from students and staff and Student tionship with Student Affairs. ous ones. cision deadline passed Jan 1. The Admissions
Affairs complaining about interference from While professors demonstrated a willing- Professors such as Schneider and Mark office said they faced a 50 percent increase in
faculty,” Osgood said. “[They were] trying to ness to involve themselves in administrative Montgomery, Economics, said that the level Early Decision applicants and little change
involve students improperly, contacting them affairs, Osgood was more skeptical of faculty of distrust between some faculty members in regular decision from the class of 2012 to
improperly, repeatedly contacting them. I just engagement. Though he said he encouraged and the administration has reached a level 2013.
want to be clear, we will not accept that.” faculty to voice their concerns to the admin- unprecedented during their time at Grinnell. Dean of Admissions Seth Allen said that
College Trustee Laura Ferguson ’90, who istration, Osgood maintained a stricter sepa- “It’s fair to say there’s been a conflict with in an effort to maintain class sizes, the office
chairs the Board’s Student Affairs Commit- ration between the two, saying “anything by the administration about how much influence accepted a smaller percentage of early decision
tee, did not comment on whether such inci- which faculty try to involve themselves direct- the faculty can or should have over personnel applicants and plans to lower the acceptance
dents had occurred, but said that any faculty ly into the administration or personnel mat- issues and other departments outside the fac- rate to around 30 percent, compared to 33.5
or administrative pressuring of students would ters in Student Affairs is not a good idea.” ulty,” Montgomery said. “There’s more strain percent last year, in an effort to avoid a situation
not be tolerated and would prompt Trustee Chair of the Faculty Mark Schneider, between the faculty and administration than similar to the class of 2012’s over-enrollment.
intervention. “If, for example, students are Physics, was reluctant to comment broadly there has been in my time here, 20 years. I Despite the increase in the early decision
being unfairly pressured by anybody—any on what constitutes appropriate faculty en- think slowly the tension has been getting applicants and the stability of regular applica-
employees of the College—the Trustees will gagement, instead saying that every situation worse.” tions, Allen said he fears that many accepted
definitely weigh in on that,” Ferguson said. called for a personal decision and was highly Some of those involved, in addition to la- students will be unable to afford a Grinnell
“Because it’s inappropriate for anyone in a contextual. “There’s not a simple answer that menting the poor relations which have per- education because of the recent economic
position of authority to be pressuring our stu- one can say ‘oh, for any arbitrary faculty mem- meated the entire episode, expressed frustra- downturn.
dents in any way.” ber, here’s the correct way to behave.’ You have tion that the matter was even being discussed According to Director of Financial Aid Ar-
Meehan acknowledged that some profes- to examine individual circumstances,” Sch- at all. “I think it’s not healthy for the institu- nold Woods, Grinnell will continue to practice
sors had approached students but said that neider said. tion. I think that it’s inappropriate for there to a need-blind admissions policy for this admis-
they had not behaved inappropriately. “It’s “This is a more difficult instance because be any sort of public discussion of personnel sion year and the proposed budget for next year
one thing to say some people asked ques- as I say, the people who are raising the con- issues,” Schneider said. “And I think it’s very plans to increase financial aid by 15 percent.
tions, and that’s quite different from saying cerns clearly don’t have the obvious direct difficult to have any sort of balanced conver- “It is our sense that in these financial times
students, faculty, and staff were harassed—a responsibility for the issues that are causing sation about such things because inevitably there are families in serious circumstances who
dramatic difference in characterization,” she the difficulty. Certainly, if one feels that there any information that is public is only partial.” will need more aid from us,” Allen said.
said. are really terrible things going on, yeah, you —additional reporting by J. Francis Buse
4 edited by Ari Anisfeld and J. Francis Buse
anisfeld@grinnell.edu; busejohn@grinnell.edu
SN&B EWS February 6, 2009

SGA budget proposed, some budgets fall
BY NEIL F INNEGAN AND JAI GARG chair. “Its almost inoperable—we need some money to sit Other budgets that have been affected include ACE and
With a new semester, most SGA Cabinets have seen around to make sure our equipment works because it’s not a ACE Security. ACE asked for $30,000 on this semester’s
their budgets changed from last semester, and not all with couple of little items [and] we still have contractual obliga- budget, but was only allocated $27,000. “Spring semester
changes hoped for. tions.” there are other events that just end up costing more. There
The overall size of the proposed budget—presented to Despite the shift of funds in the budget, Wax said she is Disco, Mary B. James, Block Party, and Waltz is more ex-
Joint Board on Wednesday, which then will be discussed believes that Concerts will not be adversely affected. pensive” said Celeste Larkin ’11, ACE chair. “If I don’t get
and voted on in two weeks—increased “People tend to get comfortable when they more funding, it’s just going to require stretching this money
by $1,533.62 from last semester to “Generally, spring is more expen- have unlimited funding or perceived to have thin.”
$191,300.29. The increase, however, unlimited funding and so stop finding ways Also, the budget for ACE Security increased from $6,500
was smaller than in previous years.
sive, student groups have their to spend their money effectively,” Wax said. to $8,000 due to the training of more employees and the
“Generally, spring is more expen- act together and they are ready “Clearly you cannot renegotiate contracts but availability of ACE for lounge parties.
sive, student groups have their act to- to ask for money.” you can renegotiate that $11,000 that was in The Community Service budget went up from $5,000
gether and they are ready to ask for there for the speakers, for the payments of to $8,000. With the school cutting funds from community
funding and there are sports in the Emily Wax ‘09 students, and hospitality, etc.” service because of the economy, SGA found enough budget
spring that do not exist in fall,” said The budget for Films increased by $2,500 to allocate more funds. “Community service is in line with
SGA Treasurer Emily Wax ’09. SGA Treasurer to $29,500. According to SGA Films Coordi- the goals of our institution and of SGA. Community service
Last semester’s Concerts budget nator Jeff Sinick ’09, for SGA to legally show groups have been unsupported for several years fiscally,” Wax
was $48,000, while this semester it has films on campus they have to buy licenses, said. “I felt at the least we could give them more monetary
been cut by $4,000 to $44,000. Before the budget was an- which in the past ranged from $300 to $600 per movie. The support.”
nounced, Concerts had allocated $38,500 for scheduled con- larger budget allocation is due to licensing fees going up last Nevertheless, with two weeks to go before SGA votes on
certs prior to the semester and expected to have more funds semester to an average of $500 to $750 per movie. “[The the budget, some changes can be expected. “There are going
remaining for equipment and other concerts. reason] my budget went up so much is because movies I to be some shifts in what we see,” said East Campus Senator
“You can’t just adjust and move around things at the thought were going to be $600 ended up being much, much Matt Imber ’11. “But the cuts are not that big and if need be
beginning of the semester,” said Peter Henry ’09, Concerts more,” Sinick said. there are ways they can adjust.”

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Trustee Open Forum
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presentation review
BY A NNA GILBERT & M ARCUS ZEITZ
Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell: Harry Krejsa ’10,
Gabe Schechter ’12, April Mohler ’11, talked about their suc-
cesses in the past year, which included “raising over $7,000
and [giving] over 50 loans in over 25 countries.” Immedi-
ately following their presentation a Trustee asked, “if there are
Trustees in the room who want to help you out, what should
they do?” Krejsa concluded afterwards, “our presentation was
warmly received.”
Peer Education: Dayna Hamann ’09, Joe Hiller ’12, and
Alexis Castro ’09 revealed their vision of “a social justice peer-
education program addressing issues of power, privilege and
oppression on campus [by] starting the dialogue and spreading
it throughout campus.” A communal dialogue sought to define
“A Just Grinnell. “A Trustee asked, “you want Grinnell to be
an inclusive and non-hostile environment?” to which Hamann
added, ”More than non-hostile, but welcoming and loving.”
Students for Responsible Investing: Ari Anisfeld ’09 (the
S&B’s News Editor), Leah Krandell ’09, and Jared Rubin-
stein ’10 discussed the merits of shareholder resolutions as
part of “a multi-faceted approach used to encourage positive

Students weigh in on campus issues with Trustees
change through one’s investments.” They have “worked with
the Investment Committee several times” and are happy that
Thursday evening’s Trustee Open Forum hosted students, Trustees and a constructive dialogue. While 9 p.m. may seem like the “the College now releases a quarterly report listing our mar-
beginning of the night for Grinnell College students, only about half of the 46 trustees could attend after a full day of meetings that ketable equities.”
began at 7:30 a.m.The agenda consisted of a brief welcome by SGA President Neo Morake ’09, eight 5-minute student presenta- Concerned Black Students: Charisma Montfort ’11
tions, each followed by three minutes allotted for questions, and unstructured time afterwards for students and Trustees to informally and Juan Garcia ’11 walked the audience through this year’s
mingle. Presentations were generally brief and enthusiastic, giving Trustees an overview of their successes and future goals. Student events and changes in the group’s leadership style. The new
presentations were met with interest and applause from the attentive audience of Trustees and students. Trustee Patricia Finkelman mission statement emphasizes providing “a community
’80 noted the importance of dialogue with students in making budgetary decisions. “When we are educated about [campus issues] we within all cultures as a way to unite and strengthen diver-
can ask more intelligent questions,” she said. Christine Grummon ’11 concluded, “students and trustees are at opposite ends of the sity amongst all Grinnellians.” Garcia invited everyone to
power spectrum, but they are both important to each other.” —by Anna Gilbert and Macus Zeitz CAIT DE MOTT GRADY “come join us and become part of our family.” Trustee Dr.
Robert Austin added “the [Black Cultural Center] is a his-

FAC nude for Media Awareness Week
toric monument … born at a time out of conflict … [and
therefore] throughout the years the issues of black people
have prevailed and changed and have continued to change.”
BY SARAH BLACK accusing Playboy of degrading women and explaining that their Grinnell Prison Workshop: Eric Ritter ’12 and alum Em-
On Thursday night over 50 students attended a clothes- actions were intended to demonstrate the beauty of real bodies. ily Guenther ’08 shared the successes of the Grinnell Prison
optional photo shoot commemorating the 40th anniversary of “I hope it gets to be a part of Love Your Body Week,” said Workshop with trustees for the first time. Their presentation
Grinnell students challenging a representative from Playboy attendee Kelsey Morse-Brown ’09. “I think that would be really began with the history of the program, which now brings
magazine with one of the nation’s first “Nude-Ins.” exciting as a way to help people get in touch with and maybe see classes on everything from creative writing and evolution to
The shoot, a preview for the Feminist Action Coalition’s their body as beautiful through more artistic nude images.” “another group of students, every bit as engaged and intellec-
(FAC) first Media Awareness Week spanning Feb 9 through Participants chose to have all or parts of their bodies photo- tually encouraged as Grinnell students,” Guenther said of the
12, was intended to celebrate body diversity and confront graphed and copies of non-identifying photos will be made into inmates. Trustees greeted the presentation with gusto—one
beauty standards in the spirit of the 1969 posters advertising Media Awareness Week even said “this sounds awesome.”
protest. Media Awareness Week, which co- with the subjects’ consent. FAC also plans to Freesound: Chris Farstad ’09 spoke about “fostering a
incides with February’s designation as Eat- “We believe that people who do create a display in the JRC featuring images hub for Grinnell musicians of all styles and levels” since 2001.
ing Disorder Awareness Month, will feature have bodies that don’t meet to- from magazine and internet sources that Speaking directly about budgetary concerns, Farstad noted
that “more [on-campus] music groups lower the cost” because
events on a range of topics including media
influence on eating disorders and portrayal
day’s standards of a beautiful body O’Polka said “will be replaced by images of
real bodies of real Grinnell students to show they can replace costly opener bands. He added “the funding
of gender roles and relationships. should be able to show them” the diversity and beauty of bodies” over the for the project [to sound proof Gardner lounge] is currently
Attending students, invited to “come as course of the week. available but with the econ crisis [Freesound members] are
naked as they want” according to coordina- FAC member Katie Jones ’10 said that concerned about the continued commitment to the arts.”
tor Emma O’Polka ’12, were photographed Emma O’Polka ’12 Thursday’s shoot “is not anti-pornography. Global Perspectives Association: Liting Cong ’11 began
by outlining her organization’s commitment to “bring global
behind a divider by FAC members Emma It’s in a similar spirit as the Nude-In, but not
Lawler ’09 and Kate Baumgartner ’11. “We a protest of any specific organization.” awareness to campus,” through publications, photo exhibi-
don’t want to do a naked protest against Playboy, but we do O’Polka said that the 1969 protest “received a lot of national tions, discussion tables and speaker events. Cong focused on
feel like what they had to say about it is important and relates media attention, so Grinnell was a trendsetter there. FAC really the student enthusiasm for Arabic classes, and the current
to Media Awareness Week because we believe that people that wants to commemorate this particular incident of activism, be- dearth of resources: “even with superhuman abilities, Great
do have bodies that don’t meet today’s standards of a beauti- cause it’s a major part of Grinnell’s history of activism.” professors like Professor Youssef cannot fulfill students’ desires
ful body should be able to show them and celebrate them,” Attendees, such as Morse-Brown, said that the history of to learn Arabic alone,” Cong said. Trustees responded with
O’Polka said. the shoot was less important than its contemporary social rami- nods of concern and agreement.
The original 1969 Nude-In occurred during a presentation fications. “I think [the history’s] less important to me because Ian Atha ’09 presented about the college website and was
from a speaker from Playboy magazine sent, along with a cam- I don’t entirely agree with what it is commemorating, but I not associated with any specific group. He covered the recent,
pus recruiter, to participate in a Grinnell symposium on inter- definitely think that this method of talking about body and the small changes as well as the success of peer institutes’ websites.
personal relationships. Ten Grinnell students, both male and media is important,” Morse-Brown said. “I agree with the spirit His final message was clear and strong: “I’m asking you to
female, rose from their seats, undressed, sang a song in protest of the protest a lot, but that’s less important to me than dealing show prospective students what our college does then I will
of oppressive media standards of beauty, then distributed fliers with things that are going on now.” tell them that this is the road to endless possibilities.”

Boswell heads ag subcommitte, local farmers unaffected email. like vegetables, fruit and herbs, unrelated to commodity prices.
BY JEFF R ADERSTRONG
Last month, Leonard Boswell, House Democrat represent- Susan McAvoy, Chief of Staff for Boswell, said that he is Steven Paul, of Paul’s Grains, does sell corn, wheat and soy-
ing Grinnell and Iowa’s 3rd congressional district, was appoint- very pleased and honored to serve as chair of the sub-commit- beans, some of the crops regulated by the subcommittee, but
ed to Chair of the Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm tee, one of the largest under the House Committee on Agricul- he said he does not support the committee’s actions because it
Commodities and Risk Management for the 111th Congress. ture. McAvoy said Boswell will keep farmers’ and consumers’ creates too much government intervention.
As chair, Boswell, who has been serving in the house since best interests in mind through these economically hard times. “I’m for a free market price, not bigger government,” Paul
1997, will oversee pricing for crop commodities like corn and “His goal is to make sure producers and farmers can manage said. “That’s what made our country strong. Our constitution
soybeans. Commodity pricings are maintained by the govern- this [economic crisis] and food prices can stay where they are in provided for a free market, not socialism.”
ment through payments to farmers in the form of subsidies. the supermarket,” McAvoy said. One of the major critiques of the crop payments regulated
The subcommittee also regulates crop insurance, which helps Local support for the appointment, however, has not been by Boswell’s subcommittee is that most go to larger agribusi-
protect farmers against sub-average harvests. as enthusiastic. Several local farmers said they were not con- nesses and local farmers do not see many of the benefits.
Boswell’s new position gives Iowa—and the Corn Belt— cerned with Boswell’s new position, as they did not grow crops Boswell also serves on the Agricultural Subcommittee on
more political sway. regulated by the sub-committee. Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, which he chaired last session, as
“I think any appointment of this nature of our representa- Barney Bahrenfuse, of B&B Farms, said he did not follow well as several subcommittees in the Committee on Transpor-
tives in government should be a good thing for our state,” Iowa commodity pricing because he sells only meat and poultry. Gin- tation and Infrastructure.
General Assembly Representative Betty De Boef wrote in an ger Werner, a farmer in Chelsea, grows a variety of products,
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Animation adds mesmerizing visuals to Faulconer show
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BY C HRIS DAVIS reach. Though the works embody many different artistic tra- lowed by a concert by “emo-tronic” band Tender Meat.
Picture yourself standing in a miniature barn, its walls and ditions and approaches, from digitized hand-drawn works Throughout the exhibit’s run, talks given by artist Kota Eza-
ceiling composed not of wood, but of chaotic and colorful to affected live video, the cohesiveness of the exhibition as a wa, Shanghai-based curator Victoria Lu, Grinnell art pro-
paintings. Now imagine watching these paintings spring to whole is striking. fessor Tiffany Johnson Bidler, and Betti-Sue Hertz, curator
life as they unfurl before you from individual brush strokes, “People are reflecting on their own traditional cultures, of the original exhibition in San Diego. The Cultural Film
existing only a few seconds before they are scribbled over and and they are using traditional approaches to drawing and Committee will support the exhibition through the Anima-
replaced just as quickly. This may sound painting, but they are also using very new tion Film Festival in April. Each of the six films selected by
like the stuff of dreams or hallucinogen- “People... are using traditional ap- technologies in terms of animation to Professor Terri Geller will be followed by discussions led by
fueled delirium, but it is in fact quite real; proaches to drawing and painting, but transform and communicate those ideas,” members of her Film Analysis class.
this piece, titled Motion Barn, is only one said Woodward. “I hope it will make peo- Opportunities will also be afforded for local artists to
of the many works featured in Faulconer they are also using very new technolo- ple think about drawing and painting pro- contribute; the college will sponsor open screenings as well
Gallery’s new Animated Painting exhibi- gies in terms of animation to transform cesses and how as we have new technology, and an open mike night, along with a table to which anima-
tion, which officially opens today. and communicate those ideas.” we see them in new ways.” tors may add DVDs containing their own works. “I like the
Originally organized by the San Diego “Everybody understands visuals, and I idea of the gallery as a place for the exchange of ideas; there
Museum of Art, the exhibit features the Tilly Woodward think there is something in here that ev- is a whole range of people who are doing remarkable work as
works of 13 artists from across the globe, eryone can relate to, regardless of their ar- well” said Woodward.
all of which utilize the cutting edge medium of digital ani- tistic background” said Dan Strong, Associate Director of Both Woodward and Strong hope that the installation’s
mation. Countless projectors and DVD players construct a the Gallery. The universality of the visual medium is inextri- unique qualities will inspire visitors to expand their areas of
world of surreal beauty from motion and sound, luring the cably linked to today’s culture, and the installation certainly interest in the arts.
spectator from one space to the next. invites contemplation of the role of mass culture in the ar- “We’re a teaching gallery, and when we can expose our
“There are some very interesting threads that connect tistic process. students to something new, we are accomplishing our goal”
the pieces even though the approaches are very different,” A vast range of programs accompanies the exhibit. To- said Strong.
said Tilly Woodward, Curator of Academic and Public Out- night’s opening reception features artist Serge Onnen, fol-

“Emo-tronic?” Tender Meat tries to pull off their own genre
Band to open new Faulconer Gallery exhibit with interactive music and a show that will feature video games
BY C HLOE MORYL lis,” said Farstad. ”They’re good guys and have so it’s like they’re playing the soundtrack to Farstad hopes that as a result of Tender
This Friday, Faulconer Gallery will be a really cool band.” the game.” Meat opening for the Digital Art show, that
home to two different digital medium; digital Farstad would describe their sound as the However, Tender Meat is playing a sim- more openings in the future will be interest-
art, and video game rock. The band Tender soundtrack to a “futuristic racing videogame”. pler show at Grinnell, due to technical dif- ing and different. “I think it could be a flag-
Meat, self-described as “emotronic” will be At previous shows, Tender Meat has relied on ficulties, and the fact that they are opening ship, a turning point,” said Farstad. “It’ll ap-
opening for the art show. audience participation to play up this con- for the Digital Art show at Faulconer. “It’s peal to a wide audience. It’s not indie rock or
Concerts Committee member and former cept. “They had videogame controllers with not so much about the band, we wanted to hip-hop, it’s a new kind of music that’s really
intern of Faulconer gallery, Chris Farstad, out arcade games, you can plug it into a pro- make the opening as interesting as possible,” accessible, something really central.”
speared the initiative to have Tender Meat jector,” said Farstad. “So they would give the said Farstad. “I think [the opening] should be The show will begin at Faulconer Gallery
come open for the digital art show. “I saw controller to somebody in the audience and more a celebration than an event, and I don’t on Friday, Feb 6 at (insert time here).
them play at the Soap Factory in Minneapo- project the videogame while they are playing, think the band will eclipse the show.”

Sunday
A night of Latin Jazz
February 8th
Gabriel Espinosa Sebring-Lewis Hall
“Nuevos Horizontes” 7:30 p.m.
February 6, 2009
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Tropic Thunder
(2008)

Robert Downey Jr. propels satire
Despite the media scuffle, the biggest
target of ridicule in Tropic Thunder—a flashy,
nasty, rip-roaring and assaultive sendup of
Hollywood—is not the mentally challenged.
The targets of this extreme comedy’s
free-flowing contempt are the stars, makers,
brokers, miscellaneous supplicants and even
die-hard fans of Hollywood, all portrayed
as challenged in some fashion: intellectually,
ethically, aesthetically, sartorially, chemically
and longitudinally.
Tropic Thunder, named after the mem-
oir by Vietnam veteran John “Four Leaf ”
Tacyback (Nick Nolte) details the mak-
ing of a picture touted as “the biggest war
film ever.” Except the movie is helmed by a
prestigious but less-than-competent direc-
tor with a stupidly hilarious name, Damien
Cockburn (Steve Coogan) and stars a cast of
actors whose egos are as big as water tanks
and fragile as quails’ eggs. The picture is off-
schedule and over budget, the performers are
messing up right and left.
To get the film back on track, Cockburn
leads his actors deep into the jungle to scare
good performances out of them. Call it “The
Blair Witch Project” approach, where actors
can’t be trusted to actually act. From there,
the production becomes nothing but chaos.
In fact, it ceases being a production at all.
Cockburn is ordered by studio executive
Les Grossman (Tom Cruise, in a stunning
cameo) to get the production back on track
or risk having it shut down. The rest of the
movie involves hilarious encounters between Ben Stiller plays washed up action hero Tugg Speedman, while Robert Downey, Jr. plays Kirk Lazarus, the dude playing a dude disguised as another dude,
the crew, their capture at the hands of the in Tropic Thunder. The film also stars Jack Black, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey. www.allmoviephotos.com
heroin-producing Flaming Dragon gang,
and their subsequent escape. lost due to Black’s inadequacy. perk up the floppy plot of Match Point, and dem plausibly plays that Euro-trash smooth
Now trapped in the Vietnamese jungle, The jokes are often funny, and sometimes Cassandra’s Dream was downright dull. talker cliché every mother has nightmares
the quartet of actors must attempt to deal downright hilarious, although the movie When I heard of Johansson’s return for about. Both of them let comic timing dic-
with each other. A visibly jacked-up Ben presupposes knowledge of pop culture. At Vicky Cristina Barcelona, it sent up some big tate the nuances of their performances, and
Stiller, directing his first feature since Zool- one point, poor Tugg Speedman is hurting red flags, and I almost avoided this film al- the results are utterly hilarious.
ander, plays action hero Tugg Speedman inside because his previous film was “Simple together on her account. I don’t –er, didn’t– But the film doesn’t really belong to
(think Rambo), whose career is in decline. Jack”—where, with excruciating lack of taste, think Allen knew what to do with her. Until Johansson, or even Bardem, for that mat-
There’s Alpa Chino (Brandon Jackson), a he plays a young man with mental disabilities now. ter. The often-underestimated Penelope
black rapper who has made bank peddling that failed to pique anyone’s interest. The Johansson plays one of two American Cruz upstages everyone with her refresh-
‘Booty Sweat,’ the energy drink that helps film died horribly at the box office. girls (along with the less-than-stellar Re- ingly overstated performance. She stars as
buyers “tap into some ass.” Jeff Portnoy ( Jack Lazarus tells him why: “Never go full- becca Hall) who visit Spain and fall in love Bardem’s moderately psychotic ex-wife, and
Black) is the import from the comedy scene, retard. You should only go part-retard to get with a real-life Don Juan ( Javier Bardem). her sizzling screen presence really brings the
best known for The Fatties, a movie series an Oscar. Think about it: Dustin Hoffman in Ho-hum. But unlike the last few Allen heat to the love triangle (or is it a quadran-
in which Jeff, aping Eddie Murphy in The Rain Man—part-retard . . . But Sean Penn in flicks, the rather clichéd sounding plot fol- gle?) that forms the scaffolding of the plot.
Nutty Professor, portrays an entire family of I Am Sam? Full retard!” Stiller goes for full- lows comic, not melodramatic, imperatives. Cruz pushes every scene to extreme levels of
prodigious farters. Rounding up the group satire; maybe part-satire would have kept the Johansson and Hall both fall madly in love emotionality as she tries to win the love of
is Robert Downey, Jr., who, post-Ironman, PC police away, but it wouldn’t have been as with Bardem’s suave artiste, only to discov- Bardem (and perhaps even Johansson).
seems to have acquired the Midas touch in funny. er that his unbalanced ex-wife is still very Luckily, Vicky Cristina Barcelona doesn’t
Hollywood. On screen, he essays the role of —Aru Singh much in the picture. peddle some sort of moral at the end. Al-
Kirk Lazarus, a five-time Academy Award The resulting love triangle sounds pre- len got stuck in a melancholic/pedantic rut
winning white Aussie so wedded to Method- tentious on paper, but the ever-so-unneces- for a few years there, and the story of two
acting that he has had “pigmentation-altera- Vicky Cristina sary narrator perfectly deflates what could American girls lost in Europe could have
tion procedure” surgery to make him black. Barcelona have rapidly become a rehash of a Truffaut easily wound up as yet another soapbox for
The performances range from adequate storyline. The narrator is never introduced Allen’s sermons. This time around, however,
to stellar, with one exception. Downey, Jr.
(2008) and has no real relevant character, but fills in he restrains himself and lets the film speak
stands head and shoulders above the rest of all the gaps with condescending and often- for itself.
the crew, and his mastery of accents is impec- ridiculous asides. Vicky Cristina Barcelona stands as a glori-
cable. Stiller is his usual self: funny in small Woody Allen breaks out of slump The characterizations, too, tend towards ous return to form for Allen—it’s fluffy, sexy,
doses. Jack Black, however, is disappointing; the absurd. Johansson shoots sparks right and doesn’t aspire to be anything other than
too loud and over the top, he hams through- In his past few movies, Woody Allen may out of the screen when paired with Bardem. a comedy. The beautiful shots of Catalonia
out the movie. Tom Cruise’s stirring cameo, have found a new muse in Scarlett Johans- She flirts, smiles and cajoles her performance are just icing on the cake.
however, more than makes up for any ground son. But stunning as she may be, she couldn’t right into the realm of credibility, and Bar- —Charles Netzer

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Gordon Canfield,
Grinnell Mayor
5:45 a.m. - Woke up before the
WOI bedside radio came on. Sat
on the edge of the bed contem-
plating the day before me.
5:50 a.m. - Wandered into the
bathroom, turned on WOI, performed morning ablutions,
then dressed, putting on my good city logo shirt.
6:25 a.m. - Drank a glass of orange juice, looked at the
headlines on front page of Des Moines Register, promising
myself to read the rest of it at noon.
7:00 a.m. - Attended the City Council’s Finance Commit-
tee meeting. Members discussed and finally approved to
send several routine items on to the full Council.
8:00 a.m. - Met with the City Manager to review results of
our trip to Washington, D.C. last week with the Poweshiek
County delegation.
8:30 a.m. - Met with a new city employee to inquire about
how his job was going. He’s sure excited about his job. And
he’s doing a good job.
Dining Service’s Nicole Berry working at the Spencer Grill in the JRC. CAIT DE MOTT GRADY 8:40 a.m. - Started to read the Washington Post online as I
always do each morning.

Grill employee, Ashton Kutcher’s ex 10:00 a.m. - Spent the rest of the morning delivering and
setting up the display items for the Grinnell Sister City ex-
hibit at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.
BY NAJMA OSMANN ended up missing the trashcan—though [she] ended up clean-
If you spend as much time in the Grill as the average Grin- ing after herself.” 12:00 p.m. - Went to my condo for a bowl of soup and to
nellian does, you have probably seen the friendly face of Nicole As bizarre as these events may sound, Berry’s favorite mo- read the DSM Register. Didn’t quite get to it.
Berry behind the counter. As one of the Spencer Grill’s manag- ment doesn’t include student’s bodily fluids. “The most outra- 1:00 p.m. - Began plans for Grinnell’s Fourth of July Cel-
ers and part of the staff at the Honor G Grill in the dining hall, geous thing though is when someone stole a whole candy rack ebration. Good meeting.
Berry has seen it all—the good, the bad and the drunken. from the front counter, that thing was huge and had at least 2:15 p.m. - Met with Bill Menner, executive director of
The 29-year-old has done a lot with her lifetime, from be- 50 candy bars on it,” Berry said. “They were never caught! I’m POW I-80, a countywide commission concerned with eco-
coming a seasoned bartender to being a mom of three: 6-year- convinced it was a group effort.” Nicole did mention that while nomic growth, to rehash last week’s Washington trip.
old son Jacob, 5-year-old daughter Taylor, 22-month-old son some things have gone missing, many students have come back 2:25 p.m. - Composed and sent off a letter and three copies
Griffin, and she is due with another child in May. She wants to and paid for things they had taken. of the Grinnell Sesquicentennial DVD to Meridian Inter-
be surprised, so she hasn’t found out the sex of the baby. Student burglaries don’t just limit themselves to the Spen- national Center in Washington.
However, before marriage and children, Berry briefly dated cer Grill. In the Dining Hall’s Honor G Grill, Nicole has seen 3:40 p.m. - Home to finally read the Des Moines Register!
Ashton Kutcher in high school. Though Kutcher is a celebrity, some unusual things as well. “Someone stole the blue light for 5:00 p.m. - Returned to my office to read and answer a
Berry in nonchalant about it. “Yeah, we went to a few parties the blue light special—so strange,” she said. Upon hearing that couple of e-mails.
together,” she said. “He went to a high school nearby and he there was a Grinnell rap group with the name Honor G, she 5:30 p.m. - Meeting of the City Council’s Planning Com-
was cool.” said, “no wonder they told us to guard those hats with Honor mittee. Discussed use of Stewart Library for Grinnell
Berry has spent about 10 years working in various restau- G on them with our lives, those things apparently get stolen Area Arts Council and approved pay request for contractor
rants while also raising her three—soon to be four—children. quick.” building Drake Family Library and a 28 E Agreement be-
But what brought Berry to Grinnell about one year ago was the Students that know Berry share her positive opinion about tween City of Grinnell and Poweshiek County.
promise of full-time employment, benefits for her family, and her relationship with students. “I love working with Nicole … 6:15 p.m. - Met with City Council’s Public Works &
scheduling that allowed either her or her husband to be with she’s smart, a hard-worker, and she makes working at the Grill Grounds Committee —they approved several items of rou-
their kids. fun,” said Spencer Grill employee Hiba Elnour ’12. “She never tine business plus heard an educational presentation from
Though working for Dining Services has all these benefits, hesitates to give advice and make you laugh.” the executive director of our Four County Landfill group.
Berry’s favorite aspects of her job is interacting with Grinnell Her gregariousness lends itself to creating friendships with Solid waste fees are going up! Need more recycling!
students. “I really enjoy their perspectives,” she said. “I feel like not just Grill student workers, but other students as well. Last 7:00 p.m. - Presided at the regular meeting of the Grinnell
I learn a lot from them, as well teach them too.” semester, while her husband was on the edge of his seat watch- City Council. Meeting was rather short and routine.
Having now experienced a year’s worth of crazy weekend ing his favorite team the Philadelphia Phillies take the World 7:50 p.m. - Went with friends to Lonnski’s for a drink and
nights, Nicole has seen some pretty outrageous Grinnellian Series by storm, Berry recieved updates on the game from An- a hamburger.
antics, both intoxicated and sober. “Someone just ran into the tonio Woods ’10. “She noticed my Phillies hat when I came into 8:45 p.m. - Got home, poured a small glass of wine and
Grill and peed in the corner!” Berry said. “Another time, some the Grill, and we talked about our mutual love of the team,” he read my e-mails. Nothing good on TV, so I went to bed
nauseous girl ran in to the Grill and aimed at the trash can, but said. “She’s really cool.” by 10 p.m.

From pig-slaughtering delinquent to Silicon Valley tycoon
BY JEFF R ADERSTRONG the legendary story about how he narrowly es- uating with a Ph.D. in physics in 1953. After days after shaking Noyce’s hand,” wrote Ma-
Not many people know much about Bob caped expulsion after slaughtering a pig in Clark working briefly on the East Coast, he moved to lone in Noyce’s obituary.
Noyce, despite his accomplishments. His obitu- Hall. Though both are true, they don’t fully grasp California to work at Schockley Semiconductor But Noyce’s impact was not limited to just
aries paint him as a person unappreciated in his Noyce’s impact on Grinnell and the world. with seven other young microelectronic geniuses. the microchip. His management style helped
time, but someone who made a difference any- Born in Burlington, Iowa, in 1927, his family Noyce and the other seven would soon leave revolutionize the technology industry and
ways. New York Times columnist Tom Fried- moved to Grinnell in 1937 after his father took Schockley due to in-fighting with their boss, a breed new ideas that spurred further innova-
man, in his column a position in the Iowa Con- move that branded them the “Traitorous Eight.” tion. Noyce let his employees “take their own

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ve
after Noyce’s death, ference of Congregational These eight went on to form Fairchild Semi- lead, allowed their eccentricities (and with it

NOYCE
writes about a col- Churches. He spent his conductor in 1957. At Fairchild, Noyce pioneered their strengths) to emerge and eschewed the
league who remarked, childhood building airplane his concept of manufacturing transistors out of rigid East Coast organizational style,” said Ma-
“This guy [Noyce] was models, eventually building silicon, laying the groundwork for the industry lone, who interviewed Noyce several times over
really amazing. How one big enough to achieve a that would give birth to Silicon Valley. Then, in the course of his life.
come I had never heard brief 30 second flight 1958, Noyce developed the first microchip made Even though many do not know much
of him?” Another journalist, Michael Malone He graduated from Grinnell High School as of silicon. (Previous prototypes existed, mak- about Noyce’s life, everyone can see the impact
of the San Jose Mercury News, said Noyce valedictorian and with a reputation as “the guy ing Noyce a “co-inventor,” but the use of silicon of his invention on the world. As Malone put
was slighted from not only the Nobel Prize in who has the answers to all the questions,” accord- made Noyce’s version easier to produce.) With it, “the libraries of kings and resources of giant
Physics, but also the Nobel Prize in Peace. ing to the school yearbook. Noyce also sang in it, Noyce catapulted into fortune and revolution- institutions now sit on the desk of a poor stu-
But in Grinnell, the Noyce Science Center musicals and swam throughout high school. He ized the world. dent in Nairobi.”
remains a clear monument to the man most eas- would remain a singer and a competitive diver at Noyce soon became known as the “The Noyce became a Grinnell College trustee
ily known for inventing the integrated circuit, or Grinnell College, where he won the state diving Mayor of Silicon Valley,” and his legend spread. in 1962 and served as chair from 1966-70. He
the “microchip,” as it is commonly called. Few championship. “Engineers at arch-opponent Japanese firms died of a heart attack on June 3, 1990 at the
Grinnellians graduate before learning this, or of After graduating, Noyce went to MIT, grad- would reportedly not wash their rights hands for age of 62.
February 6, 2009

Changes on campus: alcohol task force and budget cuts
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Reviewing alcohol policies sponsible habits and are there as a sup- policy. To ensure that the Task Force learning.
port instead of a police when things go conducts its examination in line with There need to be enough qualified
This past week the administration too far. This approach meshes perfectly the tenets of self-governance it must professors in every department for stu-
announced the formation of the Task with the school’s espoused philosophy seriously incorporate student input in a dents to have the small-class liberal arts
Force on Alcohol Policies and Issues, a of self-governance, in which students meaningful way. Students are not only experience that they were promised. To
body consisting of students and admin- take responsibility for their own actions the ones most affected by these poli- ensure all domestic students can com-
istrators charged with examining the rather than having rules imposed upon cies, they are the ones most knowledge- fortably complete their education, 100
school’s current alcohol policies. them. able about the policies and their role in percent need-based financial aid must The Snedge
The Task Force is mandated by There are many dangers associ- campus life. be met.
federal law but is also being conceived ated with moving to a drier campus. Committee members have already The administration has done a
in the midst of growing When first-years re- suggested a renewed emphasis on edu- good job of planning to increase the Noyce and ARH
concerns about alcohol ceive RLCs warning cation. If this is not accompanied by a financial aid budget by 15 percent;
consumption on cam- them not to drink sharp change in policy or enforcement, however, there is no guarantee that the go head-to-head
pus. We hope these con- in the hallways, they we think this is an admirable starting budget will be enough support for stu-
cerns are addressed but may be too inclined to point—educating students instead of dents. The FAFSA computes the previ- On Monday, Omar
in a way that is trans- pound too many shots dictating to them helps them make ous year’s income and earnings, but for Munoz polled 50 people
parent and proportional, not excessively before going out, for fear of being un- better decisions on their own terms, an many families the financial situation at Noyce and Nkemdirim
reactionary. able to continue drinking elsewhere. If essential part of a liberal arts education has changed. Offor polled 50 people
This year has seen a noticeable up- students are afraid of overly draconian and self-governance. We can endure the current eco-
tick in the number of alcohol-related drinking rules, rather than calling the There are ways to keep Grinnell nomic conditions better than other col-
at ARH, asking:
hospitalizations, which is certainly of RLC on call to help a sick friend, they students safe and responsible without leges because even with a $400 million
concern. However, Grinnell’s alcohol may mistakenly put them to bed when stripping them of responsibility. dollar loss, the school continues to have Thundersnow or
policies have kept students safe for
years and we are confident enough in
they need help. While last semester’s
hospitalizations are obviously a prob-
a higher per-student endowment than
its peer institutions. Ice fog
the policy and the student body that lem, they at the very least indicate that
For trustee consideration We ask the trustees to exercise fi-
last semester represents a mere aber- students are unafraid of asking for help With the current financial situa- nancial caution when approving the
ration and not an indictment of the when it is most needed and using the tion, it is reasonable that the school has budget because according to the college
school’s entire policy. system of self-governance that is cur- to reduce its budget for the upcoming mission statement: “The College exists Noyce
Compared to many schools, Grinnell rently in place. school year. While certain miscella- to provide a lively academic community
is unique in its alcohol policy. Instead
of RAs at other institutions patrolling
We hope that this committee will
not suggest changes that impinge upon
neous items can be cut, items directly
related to the education of the students
of students and teachers of high schol-
arly qualifications from diverse social
78%
the halls on Saturday night, Grinnell’s the core principles of self-governance and cultural circumstances.”
SAs help introduce new students to re- that are central to our successful alcohol
must not be cut because Grinnell is,
first and foremost, a place for higher
Thundersnow

Consider possible outcomes of 100 days debauchery 22%
Erin McBurney ’09 waits in anticipation for one of the most talked about senior-only traditions at Grinnell Ice fog
100 Days is quickly approaching, and I can’t stop comfort levels. Maybe danger’s the wrong word. Perhaps we’re
thinking and talking about this notorious tradition for When we’re creating a safe space for affection, it just finally going to freely explore and question and
seniors. This Saturday, a majority of the class of 2009 doesn’t matter that those two haven’t stopped mak- cherish each other within those brief, inebriated four
ARH
will head downtown for pizza, drinks, and … well … ing out underneath that table for 15 minutes or that hours. There’s opportunity for growth and change,
lots of making out. From what I’ve heard from many you aren’t on someone’s kiss list. What matters is that not to mention new friendships and budding ro-
of my senior friends in the past three years, once you these kisses can be meaningful and steeped in love or mances. 74%
get past the first few partners and the first few drinks, just a reflection of purely superficial adoration of and We’ve been building up to this moment for seven
it really stops being awkward. attraction to someone’s face or body. semesters, more or less. We’ve been together for so
Thundersnow
But can kissing at this school turn from sexual at- Despite the fact that we all know we’re probably long. We deserve to celebrate with each other, having

26%
traction and desire to a standardized sign of affection going to be making out with each made unique yet parallel jour-
and comfort with non-partners? It seems that’s been other with relatively little bag- neys to our shared destiny on
the case in the past years at this event. If that’s true, gage the next day, there’s always Erin McBurney ‘10 May 18. I’m excited to show so Ice fog
I can’t wait. I love kissing and I love friends! I’m not the danger of going past your ex- many of my classmates affection
sure if I love kissing friends, though. pectations, and plenty of us have
The Ethical Slut and solidarity in a space where
I’ve done it before and, well, combined with the already created and debated rules love and excitement reign.
peppermint schnapps, I woke up with the strangest about the night. I know plenty of straight friends And when I see you on Sunday afternoon in
feeling in my stomach. Straddling one of my best bud- who don’t know if they’re comfortable making out A&M, both of us drinking coffee and water smelling
dies on my bed in Cowles, I with those of their same gender. One faintly of bleach like it’s our lifeblood, I’m not awk-
knew that what I was doing
felt weird and wrong—but I am excited to show so many
hasn’t quite decided whether he’s okay with wardly going to try to be the same person I was when
making out with guys. And what about I woke up on Saturday morning. I’ll try to be better, DID
what’s the difference between
making out with him behind
of my classmates affection and facial hair? because I’ll have only 99 days left to know all I can
Should I make a concerted effort to about you before we pack up to start new and terrify- YOU
closed doors then and in the solidarity in a space where love avoid kissing my best friends because it’ll ing and exciting lives in all the corners of this earth. KNOW
bar of Jimbo’s this weekend? and excitement reign.
What I’ve decided about 100
be weird, or should I go for it after assuring Maybe we’ll reach in through the hazy mists of the
it won’t ruin our friendships? What if I night and our three years prior, pulling out strings of ?
Days, though, is that it’s dif- kiss someone and then decide, in the heat memory and weaving our stories together, and we can There are 336 dim-
ferent from waking up and realizing you probably of the moment, to take that person home? These are laugh and cry and hug. ples on a regulation
made a mistake that shouldn’t have been. This time moments that may make or break our sexual iden- It’s going to be so weird and it’s going to be so fun, golf ball.
around, we all know exactly what we’re getting into tities, boundaries, relationships, friendships, ex-ro- like riding on the back of an elephant or wrestling in
and we all know to respect each others’ wishes and mances, and crushes. spaghetti, and I can’t wait to share it with you. www.randomfunfacts.com

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OPINION February 6, 2009

Amongst the unceasing print and media That occasion, one that simultaneously reeked for? Instead of squandering our resources on
analysis of Barack Obama’s inaugural speech, a of glamour and profligacy, couldn’t be any more voluptuous cosmetics, we could have invested
consensus, if only a single one, has emerged: as different from where we are now—the Grille, in more scholarships for domestic underrep-
the President iterated, we are in a crisis, and we sitting right in the middle of that over-the-top resented minority students or veterans and
citizens, collectively, are in part responsible. building, recently shortened its hours to save other students from military families—just
Obama’s didactic undertone wasn’t always money. The dining hall was obligated to make two of the many groups flagrantly lacking in
so subtle. “Our economy is badly weakened, a a similar sacrifice, now providing meals with our community.
consequence of greed and irresponsibility on one fewer station than previously. In a recent conversation with an alum, I
the part of some, but also our collective fail- We were all distressed to hear about the was asked about how students feel about the
ure,” he said that morning. Our nation’s me- massive drop in our College’s endowment, and school. “I love Grinnell,” I told him, candidly.
This Week in Grinnell dia has relegated much criticism to big banks, all indications suggest that this will only wors- But then I went on to explain an unequivocal
unregulated markets and greedy executives. en; some predict that truth: there is a palpable senti-
(Feb 6 Feb 12) But higher education, an area that purportedly this so called “safety
consists of mere good-natured professors and net” will diminish Harsha Sekar ‘08 ment within the student body
that the administration, in the
Strand 3 Theatre. $5.00 Grinnell administrators dressed in inconspicuous Har- by more than two last several years, has focused
College Discount Passes available at ris Tweed, has curiously escaped the present thirds in the coming
The Liberal Arts more and more on buildings, the
the Campus Bookstore and the Pioneer deluge of condemnation. years. What’s worse endowment and the frustrat-
Bookshop. Call 236-7600 or visit www. In the past decade, a period marked by is that, as families ingly nebulous notion of “insti-
fridleytheatres.com for show times. crude sybaritism, Grinnell has been no excep- face a worse economy, applications to liberal tutional longevity,” constantly promulgated by
Showing Feb 6—12: tion. Contrary to our school’s professed mis- arts schools like Grinnell will only drop, which the trustees. All of this has taken place at the
sion of producing people that can “evaluate will in turn exacerbate our budget crunch. The expense of student interests, student-faculty
Gran Torino (R) critically both their own and others’ ideas,” the New York Times recently ran an article profiling interaction and academics—the most funda-
Taken (PG-13) college has succumbed to the pervasive, orgi- top students who are having to defer attend- mental things that comprise any college or
He’s Just Not That Into You astic indulgence of the time. The administra- ing their own state universities because their university. And though no one has conveyed
(PG-13) tion certainly did not adhere to this mission, families could no longer afford the tuition. If this widely held sentiment overtly, it’s there,
but instead chose to cough up millions upon this is the case with state schools, just imagine we all feel it, we all know about it. The furtive
Opening Reception: Animated millions on at least nine new buildings. As Grinnell, which not only comes with a bloated dismissal of a popular Student Affairs member
Painting. Friday, Feb 6 at 4 p.m. Ex- we all know, the Rosenfield Center is littered sticker price but also offers virtually no practi- has only intensified the feeling of detachment
hibition at the Bucksbaum Center for the with completely unnecessary goodies, like the cal skills or name recognition. between students and administrators.
Arts, Faulconer Gallery. Exhibit runs flat screen televisions that line the walls, or the Ironically, I’m not even sure if spending less Alum, fourth-year, whatever the hell I am,
from Feb 6—April 19 and is open to the dozens of hardly used rooms. All the while ad- would have been beneficial. In fact, the college I’ll be out of here come May. But I have loved
public. This exhibit features work by 12 ministrators took home six figure salaries, and should have probably spent a whole lot more. this place, and the fact that I chose to come
international contemporary artists who our president remains among the highest paid The money’s all gone now anyway, and it back reflects my affinity for the school. I can
adapt animation concepts and technolo- in the nation. Sound familiar? would have made sense to spend it rather than only hope that once I’m in the “real world,”
gies in making their art. The artists may And like all of the other large-scale fi- let it sit indefinitely and ultimately evaporate, the administration will realize that investing
combine handwork, digital technology, nancial institutions we keep hearing about, a point that Donald Frey and Lynne Munson in our students is the surest way to maintain
and traditional art forms such as draw- Grinnell has faced the same repercussions. I posed in a Boston Globe article last month. But “institutional longevity.” I hope that we can
ing, conventional animation techniques, remember the opening ceremony for the new it is paramount to splurge responsibly; can you “dust ourselves off,” as President Obama asked,
live-action sequences, abstraction, and student center, in which trustees swaggered fathom how many endowed chairs a less os- and start running Grinnell like a college, not a
collage. Some of the pieces include so- around the building in their glitzy formal wear. tentatious campus center could have provided corporation.
phisticated musical interfaces, highlight-
ing the close link between animation and
sound.

Opening Reception: High School
Art Exhibition. Friday, Feb 6, 4:30 - 6 Unnecessary hating on campus We were especially disappointed that at no tionally syndicated publications such as The
p.m. at the Grinnell Community Art Gal- point was the oppressive and offensive nature Onion, successfully critique popular culture
lery, Grinnell Community Center (2nd It came as an unpleasant surprise to us of certain submissions acknowledged or chal- and the human experience without alienat-
Floor) 927 Fourth Avenue, Grinnell. when we picked up our copy of “Writer’s Di- lenged by the editor of “Writer’s Digress” or ing or further marginalizing members of our
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 3 - 5:30 gress” and noticed that nearly every page was the booklet’s financial muscle. It is neither ap- society.
p.m. or weekends and evenings by ap- filled with oppressive and deeply offensive propriate nor responsible to distribute blatantly While there is no way to take back saying
pointment. Exhibit runs Feb 6-Mar 5. language about women, “mentally challenged misogynistic, classist, and ableist material with that men should “fuck every hole and orifice
Call 641-236-2620 for more information people,” and those diagnosed with “a AIDS. ” a complete disregard for the ramifications of that they can” or encouraging readers to refrain
or for weekend appointments. We value the work of SPARC and their efforts proliferating language of this nature. from “pawn[ing] off your smack child on the
to support through funding a wide range of While we could cite the many unfortunate mentally handicapped,” we hope that “Writer’s
Grinnell Rotary Club Spaghetti interest-based student publications. However, choices made by certain contributors, there is Digress” will, in the future, seriously rethink
Supper: Tuesday, Feb 10 from 5 p.m.—7 we think that SPARC should engage in criti- simply not enough space in this column. many of the editorial decisions they made in
p.m. in the Grinnell High School Caf- cal analysis and open dialogue with the writers We reject the notion that one must be of- their first edition.
eteria. The menu is: spaghetti with meat and editors of the publications they fund. fensive to be funny. The B&S, as well as na- —Margie Scribner ’10
OR meatless sauce, lettuce salad, Texas and Leah Krandel ’09
toast, brownie, and a beverage. Cost is
$6 for adults, $3 for children in grades
K-6, and free for preschoolers. This is
sponsored by the Grinnell Rotary Club
and all profits go towards the Grinnell-
Newburg Dollars for Scholars program.
Carry-outs are available.

On-Going Exhibit: still/LIFE, by
Tracy Hicks, Noyce Science Center,
northwest study lounge, second floor.
19th/20th century preservation jars,
water, alcohol, mineral oil, phosphores-
cent dyes, fluorescent dyes, colored pig-
ments, rubber, glass, wood. The piece is
intended to provide a space for intellec-
tual as well as artistic reflection on the
fate of species and raises the questions:
what does it mean to preserve? Exhibit
runs from January 13—May 22.
Visit: www.grinnell.edu/faulconer-
gallery/exhibitions for more informa-
tion.

Upcoming events:

Feb 11-14, 2009 Reconnecting with
Nature Symposium
Maddie Cargas ’10
Feburary 6, 2009
S B 11
The masses gather for the holiest night of the year
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SPORTS edited by Jai Garg
gargjai@grinnell.edu

Yearly ritual commences on campus as hordes of students pour into South Forum, Lounges to watch the Superbowl
BY M ICHAEL SCHOELZ
The past few months haven’t been good for veterans
from Arizona. Twice now they have lost in a big way
on the national stage. And while the November loss
might have caused more excitement here in Grinnell,
the Superbowl had quite a few students glued to the
couch last Sunday.
At the SGA-sponsored Superbowl party in the Forum
South Lounge, over 60 students watched the game while sev-
eral more dropped in for the free food and drinks .
“We have a lot of big events and this one is very well attend-
ed,” said Jeff Sinick ‘09, SGA Films Chair. “It’s a little bigger
than last year but it’s a pretty great turnout, actually. I definitely
see more people sitting down watching the game.”
The event started at 5 p.m. last Sunday, with kickoff at ap-
proximately 5:20 p.m. All SGA had to do was provide the
food, which made the preparation easy.
“I usually watch the Superbowl so it’s fun to throw this par-
ty,” Sinick said. “But I consider this a smaller event [for SGA]
just because it costs us less.”
Although there were a few students in jerseys that cared
about the outcome, most just wanted what the Superbowl is
supposed to promise—really good football.
“My main concern is that I get to see a good game,“ said
Pete Kieselbach ’10, a Vikings fan. “And it was a great game,
just what you want in a Super Bowl. That Santonio Holmes
[Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers] catch to win the game
could go down as one of the greatest of all-time.”
But whether they were there rooting for a team or the com-
mercials, the experience was a good one.
“I get a big screen to watch the game,” Kieselbach said. “We
have great food, we have pizza, we have chips, we have dip and
for a fan that’s all you can ask for when you watch a game.” Grinnellians watch Superbowl XLIII on Sunday evening in the Forum South Lounge. Many students packed lounges across campus to
But the forum wasn’t the only place to catch the game. Sev- watch the Pittsburgh Steelers pull off a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. AARON BARKER
eral dorms across campus featured their own parties and one of
the largest was at Cleveland 1st lounge. This is the second year at the vegan chicken wings.” And next year it won’t be hard to find Iwuc; she’ll be in
that Emily Iwuc ’08 has held a Superbowl party. For Iwuc though, the game was secondary— it was just an- front of the TV eating a vegan chicken wing.
“I don’t have a television at my place so I just figured I’d do other reason to have a party, hang out with friends, and eat a lot “I’m going to continue it,” Iwuc said. “Because it’s a big fes-
it again here,” Iwuc said, who graduated last year and has been of great food. “It’s American,” Iwuc said. “I love America. I’m tival and a ton of fun and a joyful celebration of life. I look
living in town for the past semester. “And I wanted another try not even drinking.” forward to any time I can make tons of food.”

Science vs. tradition: the age old battle continues
Super Bowl XLIII is already being consid- There is no reason why we can’t apply break- argument I’ve heard since Carl Everett claimed and after a kickoff. I propose a pretty simple
ered one of the greatest of all time. It had the throughs in sensor technology to determine if dinosaurs did not exist. The point of having solution—just show some commercials during
longest play in the game’s history—the Cardi- and when a football crosses a goal line. Some umpires is not to uphold some weird notion of the review. I don’t need to see announcers break
nals had two phenomenal catches in the end may say that such adjustments might affect the tradition, but to make calls in the most objective down the same replay over and over again, be-
zone. It all culminated with a suspense-filled way the game is played, but that is extremely way possible. If that means replacing the home cause, guess what? The announcers are terrible
final drive capped off by a beautiful snag by doubtful. Even if they were to affect game play, plate umpire with a computer system that can at deciphering what the referees are going to
Santonio Holmes who somehow managed to players will just have to learn to deal with it. accurately call balls and strikes, then so be it. call. Even when it is absolutely apparent to ev-
get both feet down at the edge of the end zone. Pitchers got used to a lower mound, goalies are Even in football, where a coach can use in- eryone in the audience, Bill Maas is still going
Unfortunately, one aspect of the game that will getting used to smaller equipment and quarter- stant replay to challenge plays, they can only to be oblivious as to what’s going to happen. In
continue to haunt its legacy is the downright backs can get used to the ball being a slight tick reverse a maximum of three plays a game. If addition, half of the camera angles show noth-
horrendous officiating that may have cost the off, in order to make the refs make four ing pertinent to the play. So all I ask for is to
Arizona Cardinals the game. sure that the calls horrendous, game- be shown the best angle or two coming out of
Now, I’m not going to complain on Ari- made are the correct changing calls, commercial, and not to have to wait 10 minutes
zona’s behalf because there’s a larger issue here, ones. Jordan Kujala ‘09 you’re screwed. I say between the extra point and the first play of the
and you’re bound to have already heard or read The most egre- that coaches should next drive.
someone protesting about the calls anyway. No, gious example of Minnesota Miracle Man be given three chal- Terrible officiating is so wide-spread that
the problem we saw last Sunday was not entirely this sentiment ob- lenges a game, and it’s even gotten to the point where video games
the fault of Terry McAuley’s officiating crew— viously comes from every time a chal- have begun to insert blatantly wrong officiating
it was also the fault of the major professional the world of base- lenge is upheld, the decisions into the game. For example, as many of
sports leagues being somewhat unconcerned ball. There, baseball “purists” claim that umpires team is allowed yet another challenge. Some you know, in the various incarnations of Mad-
with making sure the games are called correctly have made good and bad calls throughout the will complain that instant replay would take too den you’re allowed to challenge calls, just like in
and accurately. decades and that overall these calls tend to even much time if every little decision required re- the NFL. However, just because you challenge a
None of the major sports fully utilize the in- themselves out. They say that using replay to view and players would be inconvenienced. play, even one that is clearly incorrect which you
credible advances in technology to help call bet- help even the most easily correctable mistakes, That seems odd considering there are about can tell from instant replay that doesn’t mean
ter games while some commentators don’t even i.e. home run calls, goes against the tradition of 30 television timeouts during a game. It isn’t that the in-game referees will make the right
want to use the technology already in place. baseball. To them I say this: that is the dumbest necessary to have a commercial break before decision and overturn the call. It’s so realistic!

Divers and swimmers shed times, increase scores
BY CARLOS LU to Nationals,” Bruce said. “But it is a great accomplishment to Meghan McDoniel ‘10 and Morgan Horton ‘11 (the S&B’s
This past weekend, the men’s and women’s swimming and even be considered and I couldn’t have asked for any more.” opinion editor).
diving teams hosted a dual meet at Obermiller Pool against Her teammates shared her enthusiasm for the accomplish- On the men’s side, Paul Gagne ’11 won the 1,000-yard free-
Coe and Luther College’s. Both men’s and women’s teams lost ment. “Seeing her do that already was so great, and she’s really style, Tom Lankiewicz ’12 won the 200 IM, and Nick Smith ’10
to Luther, but won against Coe. More importantly, though, 50 humble about it too,” added fellow teammate and good friend won the one-meter dive. “It felt good [to win], but the goal was
swimmers shed their times, and one provisionally qualified for Morgan Bober ’12. “She didn’t get to go to Florida [to face Con- to drop time, and I accomplished that,” Gagne said on his per-
the NCAA Nationals Meet in diving. necticut College] with us, so for her to do that is incredible.” formance.
Kelly Bruce ’12 earned the qualification by winning the Bruce won the three-meter dive as well. Other swimmers Lankiewicz was also a runner-up in the 500 freestyle and as
women’s one-meter dive where she scored 248.45 points. who won two meets for the women’s side were Bober and Amy part of the 400 freestyle relay team with Marco Fulgoni ’12, Jon
“I felt a lot of pressure this weekend because I knew it was Hadow ’10. Bober won the 100-yard backstroke, Hadow won the Willuhn ‘10 and Ross Noecker ’11.
one of two final chances to get the qualifying score,” Bruce said. 100-yard butterfly, and both were a part of the winning 400-yard With so many swimmers and divers performing well, the
“But I’ve been pretty consistent on the one-meter board this year, medley relay team with Alex Peitz ’10 and Valerie Stimac ’09. teams are in great condition for the MWC championships,
so I was optimistic.” Women swimmers who finished runner-up in their respec- which are only two weeks away. “This is the best that I’ve ever
Now she waits while a committee reviews videotapes of her tive events were Chloe Moryl ‘10 (the S&B’s features editor) in seen this team swim before conference in the three years that I’ve
dives and decides if she will attend the National Meet this spring the 50-yard freestyle, Stimac in the 200 IM, and the 400-yard been here,” Gagne said. “We are in great shape to have a good
in Minneapolis. “I’m not sure how likely it is that I will get to go freestyle relay team of Casey Strickler ‘12, Margaret Smith ‘09, finish to the season.”
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FREE FOOD AT THE PUB: That’s right, head down to the pub this
Friday and fill yourself up with unlimited snacks. Thank you, pub, for
looking out for the wellness of Grinnell students.

CHAINS: For something that has the potential to be a great way to meet
new romantic interests, it wasn’t publicized enough and very few peo-
ple even know that it is happening.

THE PLAGUE: It is back and it is taking down everyone from our favor-
ite dining hall p-card swipers to that person who sits next to you in
biology. Load up on orange juice, folks, you could be next.

Where are the music stands? A random RAVE for Beyonce
random Wear some real pants girls
To all the girls out there who think it is fash- To everyone who uses the practice rooms in

rants
ionably acceptable to wear spandex or tights as Bucksbaum:
pants. IT’S NOT. QUIT STEALING THE FREAKIN’ MU- I am crazy in love, dangerously in love even,
I have yet to encounter a girl in such attire SIC STANDS! It’s really annoying when I walk with Beyonce Knowles.
who can pull it off. Let’s be honest, you can’t into a practice room and the stand is missing.
Students speak POSSIBLY think you look attractive in that can That means I either have to find another room She is a dreamgirl.
about what’s on you? The amazing thing about spandex is that with a stand (which is difficult, because they all
their minds in 142 it hugs your body so incredibly close that there seem to have disappeared), or find a stand. Both Everyday should be B’day.
words or fewer, is NOTHING we cannot discern. To be blunt, involve time-wasting awkwardness when I have Let Beyonce upgrade u.
and you’re invited! there are some things that the general public just to knock on practice room doors and maybe walk
If you have a rant, does not need to see. The precise curvature of in on people practicing JUST SO I CAN FIND She’s irreplaceable.
e-mail it to your butt and your panty-line are a few examples. A MUSIC STAND. It really should not be this
[hortonmo]. Com- So please, can we put some real pants on and complicated. Just put the stands back in their
plaining in a public make everyone just a bit more comfortable? That original rooms when you’re done using them for
forum is always would just be terrific, okay? whatever group practice thing. Otherwise, I may
have to walk in on YOU next time.
more fun than do-
ing it alone. —Stephanie Nordstrom ’11 —Margie Scribner ’10
—Aaron Bisch ’12

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